Posted on February 20, 2019
Today the jets were seen flying over RAF Cosford and several other locations including; RAF Leeming, National Memorial Arboretum and the BAE Systems site at Warton in Lancashire where the Tornado was originally made. Earlier this month, Tornados returned to the UK for the last time, to RAF Marham in Norfolk, ending nearly 40 years of service.
This is where the Tornado can be seen during the next two days:
Wednesday 20 February
1pm – 1.15pm: RAF Honington
1.15pm – 1.30pm: Imperial War Museum Duxford – Former RAE Bedford – Cranfield Airfield – RAF Halton – RAF High Wycombe
1.30pm – 1.45pm: RAF Benson – HQ Land Forces, Andover, MOD Boscombe Down
2pm – 2.15pm: RAF Pembrey – MOD St Athan – Cardiff Airport
2.15pm – 2.30pm: Rolls Royce Filton – MOD Abbey Wood – MOD Shrivenham – RAF Brize Norton.
Thursday 21 February
11.15am – 11.30am: Leuchars Station
11.30am – 11.45am: RAF Tain
11.45am – 12pm: RAF Lossiemouth
Taking part in the flypast, the boss of IX(B) Squadron, Wing Commander James Heeps said: “It is a great privilege to be part of a national event that allows the public to say farewell to a brilliant aircraft that has been the cornerstone of our operations for so many years. It’s also a sad occasion because it will mean that from the end of next month the Tornado will never fly again.”
First entering service in 1979, the fast jet has been used in operations across the world, most recently bombarding Daesh to push the terrorist group back through Syria and Iraq. After over four years on Operation Shader, on 5 February this year the aircraft finally returned home from operations for good. Another of the formation aircrew who had recently returned from operations will be Wing Commander Matt Bressani, the boss of 31 Squadron, the other remaining Tornado formation. “The national response to the Tornado farewell campaign and the reception we received when we returned from operations earlier this month shows what a special place this aircraft has in the nation’s heart.”